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Parents of injured Olentangy Orange footballer ‘overwhelmed’ by community support

Jill and Bryan Medley are the parents of 15-year-old Olentangy Orange student Marshall Medley. The last four days have been spent in their son’s hospital room

COLUMBUS, Ohio — So many people saw a photo Monday showing Olentangy High School football players outside Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

They were standing. Arms raised. Hand signs. Looking up.

Ten stories above them from a hospital room window was the reason they were there.

“It was really cool,” said Jill Medley.

“It was probably, honestly, the first time he’s smiled since he’s been here,” Bryan Medley said.

Jill and Bryan Medley are the parents of 15-year-old Olentangy Orange student Marshall Medley. The last four days have been spent in their son’s hospital room.

“It’s like one of those things that you think isn’t real,” Jill said. “I still haven’t accepted that it really happened.”

It happened Saturday during a JV soccer game against Beavercreek.

“Is there anything you can say about what happened,” 10TV reporter Bryant Somerville asked.

“No comment on how it went,” Bryan said.

“I think we can say what was said and everyone read it was a flagrant foul after the whistle,” Jill said.

It caused a C-5 fracture to Marshall’s neck and spinal cord injury. Four days out, Marshall can walk but has arm and hand issues with reduced mobility and is hyper sensitive to touch.

“We were told that 90% of people with this injury would not be lifted yet, if at all,” Jill said. “He’s lucky. Very, very lucky.

Following the injury, Marshall and his family say they were overwhelmed with love and well wishes, from a hand-painted rock outside Orange High School to cards, gifts and tweets. Marshall heard about the Columbus Crew and received a signed jersey from the Ohio Wesleyan football team, according to Bryan.

During the Orange football game on Tuesday night, there was a seven-second round of applause, which was a nod to Marshall’s number. Marshall also watched the live stream of this match online. The team also had shirts made and signed a soccer ball which now sits in Marshall’s hospital room.

“I think it’s a good testament to him and his friends and what a good friend he’s been to others at this point in his young life,” Jill said. “They’ve really rallied around him and he’s a good group of kids.”

Marshall’s parents say he is considering months of occupational and physical therapy and rehabilitation to regain full function in his arms.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association told 10TV the following:

“We do not yet have a report from the main referee regarding this incident, which means either he did not see the incident and therefore there was no penalty, or that there may have been a penalty (red card) and the official has simply not issued a report yet.

A spokesperson for Olentangy said they would not comment on the incident. Phone calls and messages to the Beavercreek School District were not returned.

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